GMAT aspirants must be aware of GMAT exam format 2019. There are some changes introduced in the exam format of GMAT exam 2019. We are focusing here details about new GMAT exam pattern 2019. The GMAT paper comprises of four major sections- Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative and Verbal. At the allotted test center, just before your exam starts, you need to select the order in which you’d like to finish the sections.

We are also explaining the sections- Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal sections in detail. All you need to follow the same direction while solving the questions in the exam.

A Quick Overview of GMAT Exam Format 2019

Test Sections No. of QuestionsType of QuestionsTest Timing
Integrated Reasoning12 QuestionsMulti-Source Reasoning

Graphics Interpretation

Table Analysis

Two-Part Analysis

30 Minutes
Analytical Writing Assessment1 TopicAnalysis of Argument30 Minutes
Verbal36 QuestionsReading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
65 Minutes
Quantitative31 QuestionsData Sufficiency
Problem Solving
62 Minutes
Total Time3 hours, 7 minutes

Which Section to Solve First?

You can choose the order in which you are willing to solve the question paper. However, these are three section-orders you can select from-

  • Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal (actual order)
  • Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

Analytical Writing Assessment

Your argument section will be assessed by college and university qualified faculty members. They hold their expertise in the same domain and hence they will carefully look at your thinking and writing modules.

Quick Tips for Analytical Writing Assessment

  • You need to evaluate the argument first and accordingly plan a resource before you start writing.
  • You need to organize your ideas prior and implement the same.
  • You are also required to provide necessary reasons and examples.

Directions to Follow

The section will ask you to write a critique of the argument given. You should not give your own views on the subject.

Integrated Reasoning

Majorly, there will be four types of integrated reasoning questions there. You are being judged in terms of how well you are in integrating data for solving complex issues. You’ll be tested in terms of following-

  • You need to create information presented in text, graphics and numbers.
  • Evaluate necessary information from variant sources.
  • You need to organize the information to analyze the relationship between the same which will further help you to solve various interrelated issues.
  • You also need to combine and manipulate information from various resources to solve complex issues.

You Must Know:

  • For receiving the credit, you have to solve all sections of a particular question correctly. There are no such rules of giving partial credit.
  • The answer choices against a particular question will be displayed on the same screen.
  • You need to submit your responses for all parts of a question before going to the next question.
  • Once you answered the particular questions then you won’t be able to go back and change your answer.
  • Please remember that answer alternatives for one question won’t help you to solve other questions.
  • May be there are several questions based on one set of data. If you attempted a question incorrectly then it won’t affect your answer to another question therein.

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Quantitative Section

This section will evaluate your ability towards analyzing data and drawing relevant conclusion simply by using your reasoning skills. The kind of mathematical skills you need to implement in solving questions will be no more complex than you were taught in your secondary school classes.

Verbal Section

How well you are in reading and understanding the written material will be evaluated in this section. You can get following categories of questions in this section-

  • Reading Comprehension Questions– All the questions belong to this section will be based on the content of a passage. You need to review the content first and accordingly answer related questions.
  • Critical Reasoning Questions– You need to select the best answer among the given choices.
  • Sentence Correction Questions– You’ll be tested based on your grammatical and effective communication skills.


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